So, has becoming a reviewer turned you into a sex toy snob?

JewelsAndB JewelsAndB
For the past 16 years together, Jewels and I have selected our sex toys the old fashioned way... we walk into a store and say "that looks like fun" and buy it. This had mixed results, as many sex stores sell cheep crap. Since we started doing reviews, I have found that we are a lot more particular about what we spend our money on. Brand, material, settings, etc... all come into our decision making process. To some extent, we have become sex toy snobs!
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
No, I (we) buy what we like and don't care about manufacturers, materials, etc...
7  (4%)
No, I (we) have always been a snob... this didn't change anything.
9  (5%)
Sorta, I (we) are more conscious of our decisions, but still don't mind buying the "unknown" items
19  (12%)
Yes, I (we) put a great deal more thought into brand, material, etc... and immediately dismiss some items based off of that.
126  (76%)
Other (explain below)
4  (2%)
Total votes: 165
Poll is closed
12/28/2011
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deltalima deltalima
I'm more aware of materials and their safety but if I like something and it's made well, I still get it
12/28/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I certainly am! It's spoiled me, especially being able to get higher end toys to review!
12/28/2011
Pixel Pixel
I've definitely become a snob. Some brands I don't even bother looking at anymore (yes, I'm looking at you CalExotics), and unless it's a material I can sterilize, I'm probably not interested!
12/28/2011
Chirple Chirple
I wouldn't call myself a snob, really, but I've always been picky about everything and have always done a lot of research and such before buying something.
12/28/2011
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Absolutely
12/28/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
My first toy was a $73 silicone, rechargeable vibrator, so I guess I've always been a bit of a snob.
12/28/2011
- Kira - - Kira -
I'm certainly a toy snob. I generally only buy high end "luxury" toys. I look for high quality materials and things that will last for a long time. I have brands that I prefer and will buy from them as opposed to others. Every now and again I'll pick something up from an off brand just to see and I'm usually left disappointed. I love my luxury items.
12/28/2011
SMichelle SMichelle
No, I don't think that I've turned into a toy snob. I do, however, think that I've formed a better idea of what I will and will not like.
12/28/2011
Rossie Rossie
Definitely!
12/28/2011
Silverdrop Silverdrop
I'm not sure if it's reviewing toys or simply owning more toys that's done it.

When you don't have a vibrator at all, then you get what you can afford, but after you already have one, then you can take your time to save up for a really good one. And also playing with the $20 vibe will give you an idea of what sort of features you want in your first $120 vibe. That's pretty much what I've done with all different types of toys - get an affordable one first, then upgrade.

My goal is to eventually have one Best of Category toy for all the various types. I have a Best Clit Vibe (Lelo Mia), a Best G-Spot Vibe (G-Ki), Best G-Spot Dildo (Pure Wand), Best Orgasm Gel (Durex Utopia) and so on. I still don't have a Wand Vibrator, which I can't get from Eden because I live in the UK (voltage differences), and I haven't yet found a Best Butt Plug.

Once I get a Best of all the various categories, I'm not sure what I'll do after that. Retire from sex toy reviewing? Okay, not really. By then, there will likely be better options in all my categories (except the Pure Wand - I can't really believe that will ever be beaten.)
12/28/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I pay attention to Eden's safety scale and make sure the item falls in the safe category. However, I do not discriminate against companies. I give every company and every item I purchase, request for assignment, get as a push assignment, etc. a fair chance and some have succeeded and a lot have failed, but that's because my body doesn't respond very well.
12/28/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I am definitely more picky about which brand and material I get now.
12/28/2011
Ms. N Ms. N
One bad jelly toy turned me into a snob *lol*
12/28/2011
Elnoa Elnoa
I am not a reviewer at this time, but I have always been a snob about toys.
12/28/2011
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
Some of them are pretty expensive now so we plan in advance and read reviews to make sure we'll like it.
12/28/2011
Vanille Vanille
Oh yes, definitely a toy snob. After learning that some materials are unsafe, that made me rule out a lot of toys.
12/28/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
More picky, but that's part of a process that was already happening.
12/28/2011
Missmarc Missmarc
I've always been picky about anything I buy, this applies to clothes, shoes, food, and of course, sex toys! Reviewing sex toys made me more aware about the different products out there, but it did not change how picky I already am!
12/28/2011
voenne voenne
I'm new to this, so I am consciously avoiding becoming a snob and just buying what I like regardless of popularity and brand. But, through this experience you get to learn about what you like, so in that sense I'll likely become picky once I know!
12/28/2011
Gracie Gracie
Well EF has been the place of my first toy buying experience, and I have had no reason to look elsewhere. I am late getting into the whole toy thing and as a middle age woman I can afford to be somewhat discriminating. I think because you (EFers) provide such quality information on practicly every toy I started out as a toy snob. I am not interested in writing reviews. I want to get what I get when I want it without the obligation of having to tell ya'll aboout it. Playing around on the forum is fun though!
12/28/2011
csweatc csweatc
I guess I'm a snob, but in reality it comes down to good design versus bad design. So many toys suffer from the fact that they are sex toys in an unsophisticated sense. Many have alarmingly crappy design features, use bad and unsafe materials and just look terrible to boot. A lot can be learned from the packaging too. Goofy packaging is a turn off and generally a hint that the toy contained within is not going to be all that good either. It's obvious when a toy is released that someone or some people have put a lot of thought into. I like to think of the toys that I own as real tools for pleasure, and they all work in their own way just as the tools in my toolbox to. This is why I think dildos are so amazingly versatile at providing pleasure.
The other thing, as it relates to reviewing and being a snob is how informed I have become about toys as a result of reviewing them. I know A LOT about toys, their use and also what is on the market, and who is involved with creating them. I think that this sets reviewers apart from the general population in a big way because we are all much much more aware of the marketplace.
12/28/2011
Curiouscat Curiouscat
I have for sure! After getting a few disappointing toys and becoming a reviewer I definitely choose my toys with a lot more care, and will turn my nose up at certain aspects I wouldn't have thought about before.
12/28/2011
punkstar283 punkstar283
Quote:
Originally posted by JewelsAndB
For the past 16 years together, Jewels and I have selected our sex toys the old fashioned way... we walk into a store and say "that looks like fun" and buy it. This had mixed results, as many sex stores sell cheep crap. Since we started ... More
Like well made more now
12/28/2011
eeep eeep
The biggest difference for me has been that I am more educated about materials, and that plays a huge part in my toy decision making now.
12/28/2011
js250 js250
I am a snob, but still like trying some of the lower end toys. They allow me to get a variety of smaller items and the higher end items take awhile to save up for.
12/28/2011
Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
I'm more careful about what a material is made of but I'm not too picky about trying different items.
12/28/2011
Nazaress Nazaress
I know SO much more about toys, lube, etc. now that I am able (and try to) make informed decisions. My boyfriend is amazed by my new knowledge.
12/28/2011
True Pleasures True Pleasures
My toy collection is mostly dominated by 3 manufacturers, and I definitely steer clear of cheap novelty companies.
12/28/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I'm DEFINITELY a toy snob since joining Eden. It's rare for me to look twice at an insertable vibrator under $100.

And I won't touch any materials that stink - jelly, rubber, sil-a-gel, sensafirm, pleasureskin...
12/28/2011
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